Jen Wren is a multi-skilled international dance artist and creative director with a passionate curiosity for the body and communicating stories through dance and film.
Jen graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and has since enjoyed an incredibly diverse career in dance and garnered acclaim for a string of choreographic productions and tours.
In 2004, she formed Slanjayvah Danza as a vehicle and production company for her own conceptual and creative practice, producing choreographies and dance for camera works. As Artistic Director/Choreographer for Slanjayvah Danza since its conception she has secured a reputation for capturing audiences’ attention with her thought-provoking and considered artistic voice.
Jen’s creations are grounded in artistic, human or scientific concepts and draw on stories from real life, to create art that resonates across cultures and generations. Born in Scotland but with strong Spanish links, Jen references both cultures in her work; embedding traditional steps and music into productions and accenting these with emotion and a sense of adventure.
Jen’s choreographic work has been commissioned/performed/screened within a number of international venues and platforms within the UK, Spain, France, Netherlands, USA, Qatar and Singapore and she has collaborated with a wide range of artists, professional/community organisations and educational institutions.
As a freelance artist, Jen has made work with KMA, Camera 2, The Rugby League World Cup/ Grand Visionary Solutions and Les Commandos Percu, Al Ryyan Productions, Conservatorio de Danza de Sevilla, whist also pursuing regular creative ventures with a variety of independent artists.
Alongside her work with professionals, Jen takes great pride in regularly working at a grass-roots level across ages and abilities, as well as mentoring emerging dancers and choreographers.
Outside of her artistic practice, (having originally trained in massage and soft tissue related disciplines and then gone on to specialise in injury management, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation techniques) Jen is well known as a physical therapist, “body geek” and the “dancers body mechanic”.